The competition is not over yet. Mookie Betts (31, LA Dodgers) ignited the Most Valuable Player (MVP) race by hitting 40 home runs in a season for the first time in his career.
The LA Dodgers played a home game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium in LA, California, USA on the 12th (Korean time).
Betts, who started as the LA Dodgers’ first and second baseman on this day, hit a one-run shot over the left wall to San Diego starting pitcher Pedro Avila in the first inning when the team was down 0-1.
This is Betts’ first home run of the month. Betts has not been able to hit a big hit since hitting his 37th and 38th home runs of the season against the Atlanta Braves on August 31st last month, US time.
Afterwards, Betts only hit in 2 of the 7 games he played that day. With the news that he was injured again, it seemed like the MVP award was given to Acuña Jr.
However, Betts hit his 39th home run of the season that day, showing that the MVP race is not over yet. Additionally, Betts hit a two-run double in the third inning.
Betts then got on base once more in the 6th inning with a ball that hit his body, and then changed his defensive position to right field starting in the 8th inning. He showed himself as an all-round player.
Afterwards, Betts was unable to add a hit with a line drive to right field in his final at-bat in the 9th inning, trailing 7-11. In this game, he had 2 hits, 4 RBIs, and 1 run in 4 at-bats.
Accordingly, Betts recorded a batting average of 0.313, 39 home runs, 87 RBI, 119 runs, 163 hits, an on-base percentage of 0.411, and an OPS of 1.022 in 135 games of the season until today.
In response, Betts announced that the National League MVP race is not over yet. Depending on his performance for the remainder of the season, it is entirely possible for Betts to win the award.
However, the LA Dodgers lost 8-11 despite Betts’ performance. In the 9th inning, with the game tied 7-7, Evan Phillips hit 3 points from Juan Soto and 1 point from Zander Bogaerts.토토사이트
Afterwards, the LA Dodgers chased after JD Martinez with a timely hit with 1 RBI in the final 9th inning with 2 outs and runners on first and second base, but ended up losing by 3 runs.
Robert Suarez, who pitched as San Diego’s fifth pitcher and allowed one scoreless inning, took the win, and Phillips, who gave up four runs in a tie situation, took the loss.
Ha-Seong Kim, who started as San Diego’s first and second baseman, recorded 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 1 RBI, and 1 run, and hit a valuable sacrifice bunt in the 9th inning.